The successful development and commercialisation of technology requires a carefully integrated dispute resolution strategy as a key factor in securing the value of technologies and associated intellectual property (IP) rights developed in research and development (R&D) collaborations and their subsequent commercialisation.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms include several procedures that allow parties to resolve their disputes out of court in a private forum, with the assistance of a qualified neutral intermediary of their choice. ADR procedures are offered by different arbitral institutions. 

Our fact sheet on "Efficient Resolution of Disputes in R&D Collaborations, Licensing and Other Technology Transfer" provides an overview of WIPO ADR mechanisms, principles, advantages and case examples to assist SMEs, universities, research centres, researchers and others in making a considered choice on how to resolve future or existing disputes when drafting contract clauses and submission agreements.

This fact sheet has been developed in collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Arbitration and Mediation Center and was updated in September 2016.

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